Asbestos was widely used across a range of different products and industries before its inevitable ban in the 1990s. From home insulation to crayons, asbestos was used for its unique properties and ability to strengthen the composition of products. One specific area that still affects homes and properties today, was the use of asbestos in Artex. Used for decades as an interior design technique, asbestos Artex can be costly to remove if not handled properly and can even lead to life-threatening illnesses. DES Holdings have outlined a helpful guide on what should be done if you suspect that the Artex in your property contains asbestos and how to remove it correctly. What is Artex? Artex is a surface coating that is commonly used for interior design. Artex is frequently found on ceilings and walls, allowing decorators to add a unique texture. Artex differs from plaster because it was marketed as a material designed to receive a textured finish, thus allowing a ceiling to be finished without plastering skills. It was widely used in the UK during the 1970s and 1980s, often discerned by the unique stippled and swirled patterns. Most properties built during this period are more than likely to contain asbestos, a harmful substance to the human body when disturbed. What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that over time, will lead to the fibres crystalising. Asbestos was widely used in many industries before its inevitable ban in 1999. Asbestos was widely mixed in with products because it had many properties, such as being chemically strong, fire and heat resistant, it also does not dissolve in water. Asbestos was used in a variety of industries and products for its unique characteristics. However, once asbestos-containing material (ACM) is disturbed, it can release asbestos fibres into the air. These can then be inhaled, leading to serious health problems that lead to the eventual removal and ban of using asbestos in products. Types of Asbestos There are two main families when it comes to asbestos: the Amphibole family and Serpentine Mineral. The types of asbestos available are: Chrysotile (white) Actinolite Amosite (brown) Anthophyllite Crocidolite (blue) Tremolite While most on this list belong to the amphibole family, Chrysotile is the only known type of asbestos that is a part of the serpentine family. White, brown, and blue asbestos are also the most common types of asbestos often found in the UK. If you suspect that you have been in contact with an ACM or that your property contains Artex asbestos, it’s paramount that it’s removed by a professional. As a leading asbestos removal company, DES Holdings is a fully accredited Artex asbestos removal specialist that possesses the knowledge and equipment to dispose of any asbestos-containing material safely, while adhering to strict legal regulations. Who is at Risk? Today, asbestos is banned in the production of goods and products, but the legacy remains. ACMs remain prevalent throughout the country, whether it’s found in roofing, insulation, pipes or ceilings. This is why asbestos removal is paramount. Homeowners or employees that work in the construction and manufacturing industry can be exposed to excessive amounts of asbestos daily, with many properties built before the 2000s still likely to contain ACMs inside. Jobs that made people vulnerable to asbestos, and continue to be the most vulnerable are: Decorators Plasterers Roofers Construction workers Boilermakers Electricians And more Many people across an array of disciplines were exposed to extreme amounts of asbestos frequently. Today, over 5,000 people die from asbestos-related illnesses yearly due to the asbestos that remains in properties and from interacting directly with ACMs. But it’s not just homes that require removal of Artex asbestos, as schools and homes were exposed to this as well. This also leads to a greater risk of more people being susceptible to asbestos-related illnesses. Removing ACMs, specifically Artex asbestos is crucial, especially if the property was built before the year 2000. Removing Artex asbestos Until 1984, Artex coating was mixed with white asbestos to strengthen it and hold its design shape. At the time, this was seen as an advantage, but white asbestos, when inhaled, is an extremely hazardous substance. This is because, when Artex containing asbestos is disturbed it can release microscopic fibres, and when inhaled, can lead to severe illnesses like mesothelioma, fibrosing lung disease and peritoneal mesothelioma (cancer of the abdomen). If you suspect that your Artex contains asbestos, it’s important to contact the correct authorities and adhere to the below guidelines: Contact your local waste management authority to find out the best way to dispose of asbestos in your area. Do not try to remove the ACM yourself. Asbestos removal should only be done by a fully certified and experienced contractor. Make sure that any asbestos disposal work is completed under strict health and safety laws and regulations. When dealing with asbestos removal, having an asbestos specialist like DES complete the work, you’re guaranteed a safe and proper procedure that will remove all traces of asbestos. Whether it’s a domestic or commercial property, the cost of removing asbestos ceiling Artex is affordable and guaranteed to be completed to the highest standard, when using one of the leading asbestos removal contractors in the country. With expertise in removing Artex asbestos and experience in dealing with every other asbestos-containing material, contact DES Holdings directly for a free, no-obligation quote.